1. The £ sign in the logo. It's naff. Pure Mr Byrite.National politics is all about consumer branding these days. Tory Coke vs Labour Pepsi. It's the UKIP brand that's lacking something, not the UKIP manifesto. Sorry to be so shallow, but there it is.
2. I hate the colours; purple and yellow are also utterly naff. Like a Council house bedroom decorated by a demented tenant on acid.
3. You're neither middle-class enough nor intellectual enough. You need smart totty (smart in the social sense) and a clutch of personable academics, plus a couple of knighted businessmen.
4. You're too 'against' stuff and don't communicate or project a set of positive values I can buy into.
5. The name. It doesn't accurately reflect the party's policies. I'm not in favour of an 'Independent' UK if this means joining Zimbabwe. Free trade, ports open to goods of all nations, a moral and intellectual dependence on common European cultural and religious roots, Liberal, responsible, a partner and friend to other nations and peoples.
6. There's nothing aspirational about the party; I won't meet a Booker-prize winner, a Turner prize finalist or a TV historian at your receptions. I imagine UKIP does like being stuck in a dreary provincial golf-club with car dealers and estate agents in polyester blazers.Even though UKIP supporters on the Internet are largely witty, wise and personable.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Tips for UKIP
OK, UKIP, I agree with your policies. I've voted for you several times. I think Nigel Farage is a charismatic and effective leader, and he's a sea fisherman to boot. Why is it then that I can't quite bring myself to declare myself a UKIP supporter, let alone join the party? Let's be honest here;